Hooping for a Healthy Pregnancy

Shortly after my third baby was born, the kids and I were looking for a fun craft to do during the summer.  I spent some time looking around online for ideas and stumbled accross instructions for making a hula hoop.  Wow, did that look fun, and off we were to home depot buying supplies.  Now I have a box full of more glittery tape then you could imagine and great plans of making more hoops.  The kids and I spent a whole week just making hula hoops.  I realized something when we made the hoops and looked in to hooping a bit more.  I realized that adults need adult sized hoops and that is why a lot of adults can rarely hula hoop, because they’re using those old WHAM-O hula hoops that were made for children.  I couldn’t believe how EASY it was to hoop with the right sized hoop. 

Fast forward 3 years, 1 more baby and currently in a new pregnancy.  It was summer time and I wanted to hoop, although I was not sure what the safety was because I was pregnant.  So I did a whole lot of searching online and found that there is actually A LOT of pregnant women hooping for fitness and health during their pregnancies.  I even found a hoop that is made just for pregnant women (and I bought it), it’s called the PREG-O Pregnancy Fitness Hoop.  It comes with an e-booklet on how to adjust some of the moves to accomodate a growing belly.

There is a great article about hooping for fertility and for pregnancy health on Holistic Kid.  It’s worth a read.  If you are interested in learning more about hooping your way to a healthy pregnancy, please let me know, I would love to share my resources with you.  All of my doula clients have my PREG-O hoop available for them if they want to give it a go. 

Relating to my last post, when I was at The Farm, we stayed with a wonderful woman who hooped!!  She had a hoop there that we could use and it was amazing.  There we were, on the Bloomfield’s deck, looking over the Farm, hooping.  it was surreal.

**like everything else that you do while pregnant, please do your research and check with your midwife or dr. to make sure it will work for you.

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